And the Beloved created within me a clean and open heart.
A Lectio Divina meditation on Psalm 32 from Nan Merrill’s book Psalms for Praying
Experience stillness and in the quiet hear what God is offering from these rich and hope-filled words.
Blessed are you whose wrongdoings
Have been forgiven,
whose shame has been forgotten.
Blessed are you in whom Love Divine
finds a home,
and whose spirit radiates truth.
When I acknowledged not my shortcomings,
I became ill though all my defences.
And day and night, guilt weighed heavy
constricting my heart;
My spirit became dry as desert bones.
I admitted my faults to the Most High.
and I made known my regret;
I cried out, “Forgive me, O Comforter,
for those times I have sinned in
my thoughts, my words
and my deeds;”
And the Beloved created within me
A clean and open heart.
Therefore, let everyone who is sincere
give thanks to the Beloved;
For whenever we feel paralysed
by fear, we shall be embraced by Love.
Dwelling in the Hear of the Beloved.
we are free from distress
free to live more creatively.
O my Beloved, You are my guide,
You teach me to walk in the Light.
Be watchful of me, counsel me as
I listen to You in the Silence.
I pray for the gifts of inner peace
For the grace to reverence all of Creation.
Many are the heartaches of those
separated from Love;
Steadfast love abides with those
who surrender their lives into
the hands of the Beloved.
Be glad and rejoice! Let your lie
give witness to Love’s Way;
And shout for joy, all you upright